Microsoft Crows Over Windows 7, Talks Windows 8

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Tami Reller, the company's CFO and Corporate VP of Windows / Windows Live, spilled the beans about Windows 7's adoption rates and some of what the industry should expect from Windows 8. Windows 7, according to Reller, has sold at three times the rate of Windows XP with the result that "27 percent of the Internet runs on Windows 7."

We actually have no idea what that means. The Internet runs on servers, but while Windows Server 2008 R2 shares the Windows 7 kernel, that's quite a stretch for a marketing blurb. The OS is estimated to currently hold between 28-34 percent of the Windows market, but "The Internet" isn't the same as "The PC industry." Microsoft's own decision to port Windows 8 to the ARM architecture is proof that the company is aware of such trends.

The Windows 8 Metro UI, as demo'd earlier this year

As far as Windows 8 is concerned, Reller notes that "We designed Windows 8 from the ground up to be excellent for touch-only tablets and to work well with the keyboard and mouse." As Microsoft has previously demonstrated, the Windows 8 UI is built around touch, the 'app' concept, and sharing data across devices. Exactly how this will translate to the keyboard+mouse and the more traditional Windows UI is unknown--for all that Windows 7 was absolutely unsuited to touch-based interfaces, Windows 8 will need to retain the conventions Microsoft has previously established. Reller continues:
In both of our Windows 8 previews, we talked about continuing on with the important trend that we started with Windows 7, keeping system requirements either flat or reducing them over time. Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same requirements or lower.

For our business customers, your customers, this is an important element because the ability of Windows 8 to run on Windows 7 devices ensures that the hardware investments that these customers are making today will be able to take advantage of Windows 8 in the future...

[L]et me leave you with one key takeaway, which I think really defines the opportunity I talked about earlier. And that is that the path to Windows 8 starts with Windows 7. It's the perfect time for customers to update their environment, modern hardware, a modern OS, modern applications and a modern browser.
Reller's comments regarding minimum hardware requirements are scarcely surprising. Windows 8 is designed to scale into mobile environments in ways previous Windows products didn't, while mobile hardware is simultaneously becoming more powerful by the year. As a result, there's precious little reason for the company to change its hardware targets. Even if this wasn't the case, Microsoft's last attempt to really raise the minimal standard bar backfired in absolutely epic fashion.

It'll be interesting. Of course, 'interesting' is a very broad word

Reller's comments hint at a Windows 8 design that's completely different than anything we've seen from Microsoft before. Power users, IT admins, and those of us who prefer standard multitasking as opposed to flipping between two fullscreen applications may have reason to be concerned, but Windows 8 could be the company's greatest UI leap since Windows 95.
Via:  Microsoft
realneil 3 years ago

They'll do exactly what they want to and expect the whole world to adapt. Just like always.

rapid1 3 years ago

That is true realneil, but in general the world does just that. In fact you typed that response on a Windows machine, at least if it was your gaming machine you did. I think you have a Linux machine as well if I am not mistaken. In general though most individuals take the easy path, which would also be the one they are familiar with. I know that in many ways it stinks as M$ in many cases rules the PC world in one way or another (and or both lol), but without a unified environment such as Windows is by any company would the computer world, internet, and society today in America be the same without it. I don't think so, and I am not trying to aggrandize Microsoft, not like they need it any way. My point is it would have been Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Xerox or who knows else, the point is some company would have held the same position be it Microsoft or one of the others. Whomever that company was would be in basically the same situation :)

Kiristo 3 years ago

They better not *** us admin types. They probably will though.

3vi1 3 years ago

>> They better not *** us admin types. They probably will though.

But you *enjoy* paying for certifications that will be obsolete in four years!

acarzt 3 years ago

[quote user="3vi1"]

But you *enjoy* paying for certifications that will be obsolete in four years!



Woooo! We're stilling running Server 2003 and Windows XP! lol

realneil 3 years ago

Whatever works,.............

acarzt 3 years ago

It looks like windows phone 7 lol I don't like that...

There will have to be a whole lot more to that system than the type of OS WP7 is.... otherwise it won't function in an enterprise environment.

This looks like a dumbed down cutesy little OS meant to entertain tweens...

I REALLY hope there is more to it... time will tell.

omegadraco 3 years ago

I agree acarzt, I am betting on a business mode that basically functions like Windows 7... This tile BS totally would not fly in the environment I work in.

3vi1 3 years ago

Everything will be fixed next version, we swear.

(day before yesterday)

Joel H 3 years ago


BBarmmer 3 years ago

Windows 8 should signify the beginning of universal OS and OSX (Lion) security requirements. No more choosing between Home or Ultimate for bit locker hard drive encryption. Just one integrated solution. This should also include built in Microsoft email encryption for Outlook synched with hotmail or other personal and business accounts. After all, security should extend itself to everyone and everything. Even if it's "just personal" because it should "just work". Am I on the right track Apple? This understanding extends itself to smartphones like the infamous iPhones which opens up the discussion further toward the question of what security hardware should our smartphones be armed with to supplement our newly enhanced OS smartphone tech? Should these companies duplicate the already established example set forth by the 2nd generation i5's and i7's?

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="BBarmmer"]Just one integrated solution.[/quote]

What they should do and what their bean counters say they can do are two entirely different things.

Microsoft has this incredible, giant, and uncompromising ~need~ for as much cash as they can swallow at a time. (yours, mine, & everyone's) They have turned out to be a gaping, bottomless pit of epic proportions.

Vista was a gigantic cheat for many of us, a cheat that they never made good on.

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